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Old Spanish Trail Auto Route
Description:
This category seeks to waymark the unique pieces of Americana and history that still lie along the Old Spanish Trail Auto Route. It connects the old Spanish colonial towns of St. Augustine, Florida, on the U.S. Atlantic coast and San Diego, California, on the U.S. Pacific Coast. The Old Spanish Trail Auto Route is not to be confused with the 19th century cattle trail of the same name that wound from Santa Fe to Los Angeles.
Expanded Description:
The Old Spanish Trail Auto Route (OST) once spanned 3,000 miles of roadway from the Atlantic Ocean to Pacific Ocean crossing 67 counties and 8 states along the southern border of the United States. Work on the auto highway began in 1915 and, by the 1920s, the trail linked St. Augustine, Florida, to San Diego, California, with its center and headquarters in San Antonio, Texas. The cities in between boasted a shared heritage of Spanish missions, forts, and Spanish colonization. The lure of the OST continued to captivate travelers until the early 1960s, when new interstates redirected traffic off the old road.

The OST highway passes through some of America's best tourist destinations including St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Mobile, New Orleans, San Antonio, Tombstone, Tucson, and San Diego. The OST largely follows what later became U.S. Highway 90 in the east and U.S. 80 in the west. Indeed, the road continued on as the Old Spanish Trail even after the U.S. numbered highways were created, with later OST maps including the U.S. highway shields. For a list of counties and cities along the OST, visit the OST100 website.

Sources: American Roads, OST100, Drive the OST, Wikipedia

                

For segment by segment descriptions of how to locate the route of the Old Spanish Trail today (see links to segments below), please visit the Old Spanish Trail Association Archives, Louis J. Blume Library, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas. This website provides the following overview of the OST:

"Welcome to a trip in space and time on a highway that is now four highways: the OST, Old U.S.-90, U.S.-90, and IH-10. The original highway continues to exist in many locations but in others has either been paved over to make way for the subsequent roads or has dead-ended into rubbish heaps and grassy mounds. But for many, many hundreds of miles, the original highway (sometimes expanded) remains the Main Street of the coastal South from Saint Augustine, Florida, to San Diego, California. Sometimes it's called Main Street, other times its Cervantes or Broadway or Claiborne, but wherever you drive on it, you bump into people who continue to refer to it as the Old Spanish Trail. Let's start at the beginning, the far eastern section of the trail. It was not the first place construction started but is the easternmost terminus of the highway."

Florida: Starting from Saint Augustine
Florida: Starting from Saint Augustine and Ending in Tallahassee [Part One]
Florida: Approaching Tallahassee and reaching the eastern border of the Florida Panhandle [Part Two]
Florida: Tallahassee to Pensacola and On to the Alabama Border
Alabama: From the border with Florida to Mississippi
Mississippi: The Coastal Highway
Louisiana: Through New Orleans
Louisiana: From New Orleans to Texas
Texas: From the Sabine River to Houston
Texas: From Houston to San Antonio
Texas: From San Antonio to Sonora
Texas: From Sonora to El Paso
New Mexico
Crossing Arizona
To San Diego, California

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Photo Credits (left to right, top to bottom): Zero Milestone by Marine Biologist, San Antonio Milestone from Drive the OST website, San Diego Milestone from American Roads website, Spanish Trail Googie Sign from Digital Photography for Dummies Blogspot, Conquistador at Entry to St. Augustine by Marine Biologist, Next on the Old Spanish Trail sign from American Roads website, and the Old Beverly Motel Sign in Alabama from the Trip Advisor website

Instructions for Posting a Old Spanish Trail Auto Route Waymark:
This category is for waymarking points of interest relating to the people, places, events, and things that are a part of the history, culture, and lore of the Old Spanish Trail Auto Route – anything that captures the spirit of the Old Spanish Trail Auto Route during its heyday. Potential waymarks might be pieces of Americana such as diners or motor lodges, historic markers about the road, signs for the OST, historic structures along the road, roadside attractions, etc.

Submissions to this category must be found along the Old Spanish Trail Auto Route (see the segment by segment links above), and you MUST include proof that the location for your submission is part of the OST. In addition, submissions must be judged as acceptable by qualifying for at least one of these three criteria:

Does it represent period culture?

Is it distinctive or of significant interest?

Is it an important milestone or marker?

Please make sure your waymark follows these instructions:

1. NAME: The name of the point of interest and its location should be included in the title. For example: Zero Milestone - St. Augustine, FL

2. PHOTO: At least one photo of the point of interest that you have taken yourself is required. Additional photos would be greatly appreciated! A GPSr photo is not required.

3. LONG DESCRIPTION: A description of the point of interest must be included in the Long Description. It must be different from the information posted in the Quick Description. You must cite your source if you copy any information directly from someone else. ***In addition, you MUST include proof that the location of your submission is part of the OST.***

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
When visiting a waymark, please take a picture that clearly shows the point of interest (feel free to include you and/or members of your group in the photo as well). Also, tell us about your experience at the site.
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The Ximenez-Fatio House is an historic boarding house made of coquina stone circa 1798 in St. Augustine, Florida. It is now used as a history museum.

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location: Florida

date approved: 4/19/2016

last visited: 9/15/2020

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The Spanish Military Hospital Museum is located on Aviles Street in historic downtown St. Augustine, Florida, USA.

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location: Florida

date approved: 4/24/2016

last visited: 9/15/2020

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The City of St. Augustine Miniature Golf Course (also known as Bayfront Mini Golf) opened in 1949 and is located within a block of the OST. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 19, 2014.

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location: Florida

date approved: 7/24/2016

last visited: 7/14/2016

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Located less than a block off the OST is the historic Lindsley House, also known as the Horruytiner House. It is located on St. George Street in St. Augustine, Florida.

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location: Florida

date approved: 6/26/2016

last visited: 9/15/2020

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This Confederate War Memorial is located in the Plaza de la Constitucion, which is located along the OST in the heart of historic downtown St. Augustine, Florida.

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location: Florida

date approved: 6/29/2016

last visited: 9/18/2020

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Old Spanish Trail Auto RouteJuan Ponce de Leon Statue - St. Augustine, FL

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This statue of Juan Ponce de Leon is located along the OST at the east end of the Plaza de la Constitucion across from the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine, Florida.

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location: Florida

date approved: 8/5/2016

last visited: 9/15/2020

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The Constitution Obelisk is located along the OST in the Plaza de la Constitucion in St. Augustine, Florida. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 18, 2012.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist

location: Florida

date approved: 7/19/2016

last visited: 9/18/2020

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The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, constructed from 1793 to 1797, is the oldest church in Florida.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist

location: Florida

date approved: 4/24/2016

last visited: 9/15/2020

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Old Spanish Trail Auto RoutePlaza de la Constitucion - St. Augustine, FL

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The Plaza de la Constitucion is located along the OST in the heart of historic downtown St. Augustine, Florida.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist

location: Florida

date approved: 5/15/2016

last visited: 9/18/2020

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This public horse trough, which dates from 1887, is located in historic downtown St. Augustine, Florida, along the OST.

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location: Florida

date approved: 5/9/2016

last visited: 9/18/2020

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Government House (built ca. 1710) is located on the OST and has served as the residence/office of the colonial governors of Florida, a courthouse, military hospital, office building, post office, and now a museum.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist

location: Florida

date approved: 6/28/2016

last visited: 6/24/2018

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The Casa Monica Hotel was opened in 1888 and is one of the oldest hotels in the United States. It is located at the intersection of King Street and Cordova Street in St. Augustine, Florida.

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location: Florida

date approved: 4/24/2016

last visited: 6/24/2018

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Old Spanish Trail Auto RoutePair of Lions - St. Augustine, FL

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These two lion sculptures are located on the west entrance to the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine and would have been a must-see for travelers on the OST.

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location: Florida

date approved: 7/27/2016

last visited: 9/15/2020

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The Alcazar Hotel is a historic hotel building in downtown St. Augustine, Florida, USA. The building now houses St. Augustine City Hall and the Lightner Museum.

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location: Florida

date approved: 4/24/2016

last visited: 9/15/2020

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Completed in 1888, the Ponce de León Hotel was used as a hotel until 1967. In 1968, the former hotel became the centerpiece of the newly established Flagler College.

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location: Florida

date approved: 4/24/2016

last visited: 6/24/2018

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Villa Zorayda (also known as the Zorayda Castle) is a scaled-down version of the 12th-century Moorish Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain.

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location: Florida

date approved: 4/19/2016

last visited: 9/18/2020

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Old Spanish Trail Auto RouteGarcia-Dummett House - St. Augustine, FL

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The Garcia-Dummett House, now known as the St. Francis Inn, is a pre-Victorian home in historic St. Augustine, Florida. It is located just a few blocks off the OST and would likely have been a point of interest to OST travelers.

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location: Florida

date approved: 8/11/2016

last visited: 5/15/2021

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The Llambias House (also known as the Fernandez-Llambias House) is a historic home in St. Augustine, Florida. It is located just a few blocks off the OST and would likely have been a point of interest to OST travelers.

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location: Florida

date approved: 8/8/2016

last visited: 5/15/2021

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Old Spanish Trail Auto RouteGonzález-Alvarez House - St. Augustine, FL

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The González-Alvarez House, located in St. Augustine, Florida, USA, is the oldest surviving Spanish Colonial dwelling in the state of Florida.

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location: Florida

date approved: 4/19/2016

last visited: 5/15/2021

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Located just two blocks off the OST is the historic Sanchez House. It is located on historic St. George Street in St. Augustine, Florida.

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location: Florida

date approved: 7/21/2016

last visited: 6/25/2018

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Markland is also known as the Andrew Anderson House and was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1978. It is located along the OST segment running through St. Augustine.

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location: Florida

date approved: 5/6/2016

last visited: 9/18/2020

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The beautiful Grace United Methodist Church, built by Henry Flagler, was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

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location: Florida

date approved: 5/6/2016

last visited: 6/23/2018

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Old Spanish Trail Auto RouteMemorial Presbyterian Church - St. Augustine, FL

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The beautiful Memorial Presbyterian Church, located in historic St. Augustine, is the home of Florida's first Presbyterian congregation.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist

location: Florida

date approved: 5/6/2016

last visited: 9/18/2020

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Located just a block off the OST is the historic Rodriguez-Avero-Sanchez House. It is located on historic St. George Street in St. Augustine, Florida.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist

location: Florida

date approved: 6/27/2016

last visited: 6/23/2018

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Old Spanish Trail Auto RouteCasa Avero - St. Augustine, FL

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Located just a block off the OST is the historic Casa Avero, also known as the Avero House and the St. Photios National Greek Orthodox Shrine. It is located on historic St. George Street in St. Augustine, Florida.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist

location: Florida

date approved: 6/15/2016

last visited: 9/30/2018

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